The lifeblood of any veteran organization is one thing-new members! The problem? Veteran organizations are not getting them. Why not? Multiple reasons in three overarching areas:
The problems within these three areas have led to one thing-membership and local branch LOSSES! How bad? This Philly.com article describes the VFW: "Since 1990, more than 3,000 VFW posts have closed and the membership has dropped from about 2.1 million to 1.4 million," said Randi Law, spokeswoman for VFW headquarters in Missouri.
Is it going to change? Yes, but it's not going to get better? Why? Let's first look at the veteran breakdown below:
World War II
- The military reduced its size from Cold War levels.
- The average is 68 years old (Vietnam Veterans).
- The Gulf War/Iraq & Afghanistan generation isn't joining.
- World War II/Korean era vets are dying out.
- The older one gets, the more set in their "ways" they become.
- Not changing with the times.
The quote helps sums up the further problems that will be growing: "Both the VFW and American Legion say Vietnam-era veterans make up the largest portion of their membership. Only about 15 percent of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who are eligible to join the VFW have done so," In this article by the Washington Times.
How can you to help stem the tide and preserve the heritage for the veteran's of tomorrow?
Start with a small change by creating a website. What does it do? Keep pace with the times which a number of local Posts do not do. Here's one example below for VFW Post 8951.
Post 8951 Old Website
Post 8951 Website iPhone 6/7/8
As you can see, there's no much difference aside from not being able to look at the site very much. Let's look at the new website design below.
Post 8951 New Website Design
Post 8951 iPhone 6/7/8
Website Comparison Explained
You can see the differences for yourself. What does our website creation include?
Modern website design properly displaying on desktop/laptop/mobile devices
Your Post website address/creation of new Post website
Website hosted on our high speed server
Include Auxiliary Information
Home Association Information
Https (better website security)
Military Branch Linking
Social Media Linking
Other Special Needs
Before you go, there's more! Why not add a mobile app on top of it as well? Apps are the future and have a distinct complimentary advantage over websites-text messages. This allows your Post to communicate important actionable information immediately such as weather related closures! Download the Post 8951 mobile app below.
The Next Step
Here's the next step. Whatever your need is, I just simply need you to fill out the information below and it'll get sent to me immediately for me to act upon.